It was tempting to just post this picture without any text or explanation – because this picture says it all!
You would never guess this little girl was in tears before she began. I beamed on this Instagram post this morning:
Her face did not beam like this at the start of the triathlon – instead of pride there was fear and tears. I told her what I tell myself before a race: it’s only by facing your fears and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone that you grow. And grow she did – eager for another race and stronger than she was before. I knew she would be alright and this face proves it. I love you my beautiful and strong daughter!
Truly this little girl had grown from this experience. She was on top of the world as she asked/pleaded to run this again next year. The pride and confidence glowed from her eyes communicating to me that she’s ready to take on the world.
Yes – this race was an important day for my kids.
You see – my kids have been training for this the past two months. Our city sponsored this race for the kids and made it a fun experience. They offered the swim clinic for the kids, a bike clinic, and as you would also expect for a triathlon a running clinic as well. Just this past week, they offered a carbo-loading dinner at a local pizza cafe (not pictured) where they gave the remaining details for the race and emphasized how to eat before a race.
All of this combined has made for an awesome summer. As shared on Instagram a few weeks ago, I was occasionally surprised to hear my kids ask: “Daddy, will you wake us up at 6:20 so we can train?” And of course, what father would deny my children that request?
All in all – I guess I’m exuding with pride and joy that my kids found such joy and excitement in their very first triathlon (race) and owned it! Other than those initial nerves (mentioned above – which sparked the crowds to encourage and applaud for my daughter when she jumped in the pool), the kids were on cloud nine the whole time.
This is what its about: Making fitness something that is enjoyable. Making it something that they don’t dread. Because they are learning and incorporating these habits early in their life and learning that this is the new normal. They are learning that life is not about sitting in front of a glowing box but its about making the most of the moment, about hard work paying off, about exercise being fun…about fitness just being something we do as part of our lives – part of who we are.
I expect if you’re here, reading this that I don’t need to share any of this with you. So instead I’ll just let the pictures share all the joy and fun they had. I hope you enjoy them:
Daddy and kids after their race – great medals!
Katrina setting up her bike transition
Juliette in transition
Juliette showing her pearly whites as she passed on her bike
Great stride Katrina
Nothing will take away that smile from her
Kids with mommy at the end
By the way, if you haven’t got the hint, I would greatly encourage you to come over and follow me on Instagram (@livehealthrun) where you can get even more details and glimpses of myself and family as we live, enjoy health and run with passion.
How have you been sharing your passion for fitness with your children lately? Feel free to share your ideas below with even more ideas how to make it fun and make it part of the norm’ for the kids.
Running for Life…